Project Overview

‘Threads, War and Conflict: Satellite Exhibition’, University of St Andrews Library

From 29 March to 29 April 2019, there was an exhibition of library materials from the University of St Andrews Library collection to complement the exhibition. Books and other items from the library collection were chosen for display, alongside promotional materials and several textiles by Deborah Stockdale. Students and staff members who use the library were free to borrow the books on the exhibition table. Items were regularly updated and changed throughout the exhibition.

Commenting on the library exhibition, several students noted that it had created ‘quite a buzz’ ahead of the Threads, War and Conflict opening in the Byre Theatre.

‘A Thread that Leads Home: Turning Ukrainian Narratives of Displacement into Textile Paintings’, The Byre Theatre

In association with Donbas Odyssey, the Centre for Art and Politics and the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies (CRSCEES), a series of drop-in workshops coordinated by Darya Tsymbalyuk, PhD student and artist, invited participants to create textile paintings based on the imagery and stories from oral histories of displacement.

Since 2015, Darya and her colleagues at the Donbas Odyssey art project have interviewed the internally displaced in Ukraine and asking them to draw a map of their home. During the sessions, Darya shared these maps and stories with participants and asked them to use them as the basis of a textile response.

‘Visualising War and the Expressive Arts’ with School of Classics

This workshop was organised by Dr Alice König (Classics) to explore the power of different media to shape our experiences of and responses to war, past, present and future. The workshop concluded with a concert – The Fateful Voyage – directed by Dr Kate Kennedy and featuring poetry by Rupert Brooke and music by two of his contemporaries, who travelled to Gallipoli together in WW1.


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